News You Can Use: Sharing Housework Could Help Health of Elderly Men

Via Newsmax:

New research has found that elderly men across Europe and the US are doing less housework than elderly women, which could be affecting their health as they miss out on the chance to be more physically active.  Carried out by researchers at the Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology, Germany, the study used self-reported data from 15,333 men and 20,907 women aged 65 years and over from Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, France, the Netherlands, and the US to look at a possible link between the time spent doing housework, time spent sleeping, and health.  Participants were asked to report the total time they spent per day on 41 activities in 5, 10 or 15-minute increments. Activities were divided into three different categories — cooking, cleaning and shopping, gardening and maintenance, and childcare. The researchers also asked participants to report on the total amount of time they spent sleeping per day, as well as whether they felt they were in poor, fair, good or very good health.  On average it was elderly women who spent the most time doing housework, almost five hours a day, compared to around only three hours a day for elderly men. The team also found that those who did more housework reported better health, with men and women who spent 3 to 6 hours a day on housework reporting feeling healthier than those who spent 1 to 3 hours on chores per day